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US: What should we pay teachers?

The chart below, taken from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) just released “Education at a Glance 2017,” has been receiving considerable attention. Take a look at the big red arrow I added to see why. On the horizontal dimension: The...

Compassion as a Classroom Management Tool

When I entered the ninth-grade English classroom, I had a clear vision of the first-year teacher I wanted to be: a strict, but thoughtful, educator who held students accountable for their behavior in the classroom. While my intentions were not flawed, the execution of...

5 ways teachers can challenge inequality in the classroom

Schools produce inequality. Work carried out by educational sociologists such as Kalwant Bhopal, David Gillborn and Deborah Youdell shows that the everyday practices of teaching and learning exclude already marginalised groups of students while guaranteeing success...

Teachers Don’t Want All Of This Useless Data

One of the most frustrating things I’ve ever been forced to do as a teacher is to ignore my students and concentrate instead on the data. I teach 8th grade language arts at a high-poverty, mostly minority school in Western Pennsylvania. During my double period...

10 Reasons Today’s Students NEED Technology in the Classroom

Technology is everywhere--entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most importantly learn. With mobile and other wireless devices like the IoT becoming an increasing requirement across every industry today, it only makes...

Robots Are Replacing Jobs, But Not Educators

JOB SECURITY: It’s a mantra that’s often repeated in education circles: technology will never replace good teaching. Why not? It all boils down to emotional intelligence, according to EFL teacher Amanda Murphy, in a recent piece for Teacher Cast. When it comes down to...

Passport to the Future: 11 Education Quotes to Inspire Endless Learning

You think you’re having a rough time processing this year’s events? Think about all the teachers out there who’ve been called back into duty this month, tasked with keeping our nation’s youth on track amid all this craziness. How does one even begin to broach subjects...

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom

My co-teacher and I met in the parking lot before school and stared into my car trunk at the costumes and props we had gathered over the weekend. We were giddy with excitement and nervous because neither of us had tried anything like this before. We also taught in the...

Coaching the Novice Teacher

Articles, books, and journals have been written about how to support our new teachers—guidance on lesson planning, suggestions for classroom management techniques, and support in professional decision-making are just a few of the many components our novice teachers...

The Power of Visualization in Math

When do you know it’s time to try something different in your math lesson? For me, I knew the moment I read this word problem to my fifth-grade summer school students: “On average, the sun’s energy density reaching Earth’s upper atmosphere is 1,350 watts per square...

The Weighted Task of Pre-K Teaching

Debates about methods of educating the youngest students are often tied up in issues of equality and race. At a charter preschool in Washington, DC’s Ward 8, I saw three children happily playing at a trough-like table filled with water, eyedroppers, and waterwheel...

UK: How can teachers encourage more girls to study mathematics?

Last week’s GCSE maths results – the first of the new and more challenging syllabus – show that boys have pulled further ahead of girls; 16.5% of male candidates were awarded at least an A grade this year, compared with 14.7% of female candidates. What does this mean...

What Personalized Learning Is Not

By Kenya Ransey Sep 1, 2017 “I really want to personalize learning for my students, but I just don’t see how it’s possible—there’s no way I can create individual lesson plans for all of my students everyday!” “I really like what you’ve shared with us today, but I...

In Search of the Driving Question

Project-based learning teachers can choose from among many types of driving questions, but sometimes we get stuck when trying to come up with a great one because there are so many considerations in the design process that informs the crafting of an effective driving...

Teachers rate soft skills as more important than good grades

Survey shows that 91 per cent of teachers think schools should do more to help pupils develop teamwork and communication skills Teachers are more likely to view soft skills as key to their pupils’ life chances than “good grades”, new research suggests. The Results for...

Reimagining Integration

School integration is complex work, tricky to navigate for many educators. Lee Teitel has been studying the schools and districts that are creating high-quality, integrated learning environments for students. He leads an initiative called Reimagining Integration: the...

10 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom

Here is a handy infographic we have been working on over the last few days.  The visual features 10 of what we believe are basic things every teacher should be able to do on Google Classroom. Instructions included are only for Classroom on the web, check out Google...

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

If you’re thinking of completing your own classroom remake project, good for you. I’ve been helping teachers redesign classroom spaces for the past several years and have seen this process work for projects of all sizes. The tips below can be used for smaller scale...

12 Must-Read Articles About Assessment

For in-person professional development from TeachThought on reflection in learning or any other topic your school or district might need, contact us today. There are great books about assessment (Tomlinson’s on assessment in the differentiated classroom are good, for...

10 practical ways to foster a growth mindest culture in your class

In her celebrated book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Stanford university psychologist Carol S. Dweck makes a strong case backed up with  scientific evidence for the power of mindset in shaping one’s success or failure in almost every facet of our...

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